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State of Connecticut Labor Situation Last Updated: July 20, 2017
Nonfarm jobs rise 7,000 in June; unemployment rate at 5.0% Connecticut Labor Situation - June 2017 PDF
WETHERSFIELD, July 20, 2017 - Preliminary Connecticut nonfarm job estimates from the business payroll survey administered by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show the state gained 7,000 net jobs (0.4%) in June 2017, to a level of 1,694,200, seasonally adjusted. Over the year, nonagricultural employment in the state grew by 15,400 jobs (0.9%). May's originally-released job gain of 6,700 was revised down by 1,100 to a +5,600 (+0.3%) employment gain. The number of the state's unemployed residents increased by 1,972. Connecticut's unemployment rate moved up by one tenth of a percentage point to 5.0% in June, seasonally adjusted, while the number of residents employed grew by 2,219. Resident employment estimates include the self-employed and residents working out of state and are determined separately from the nonfarm job estimates above.

“June showed another sharp increase in payroll jobs over May and private sector jobs have now completely recovered from the 2008 – 2010 employment recession, although these numbers are preliminary and subject to revision,” said Andy Condon, Director of the Office of Research. “Our unemployment data continues to show growth in the labor force and employment, indicating that workers are entering or rejoining the labor force and most are finding jobs.”

Nonfarm Jobs Detail (business establishment survey)

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Private Sector employment grew by 7,100 (0.5%) to 1,460,400 jobs in June, and remains up over the year by 19,700 jobs (1.4%). The Government supersector lost 100 jobs (-0.04%) to 233,800 jobs last month and it remains down over the year (-4,300, -1.8%). The Government supersector, which includes all federal, state and local employment, including public higher education and Native American casinos located on tribal land, remains the largest source of job losses in 2017.

Seven of the ten major industry supersectors increased employment in June 2017 while two declined, and the Trade, Transportation & Utilities (297,800 jobs) supersector was unchanged. Leisure and Hospitality (4,400, 2.8%%, 161,100 jobs) was the biggest job gaining supersector in June, potentially signifying a healthy start to the summer season. Most of the gain in this supersector came from the hotels and restaurants portion (3,800, 2.9%, 132,800). LLeisure and Hospitality now leads all ten supersectors in numeric job growth over the year (7,200, 4.7% OTY). The private Education and Health Services (1,200, 0.4%, 334,400 jobs) supersector was next in job growth in June with the educational services segment (600, 0.9%, 66,100) and the health services (600, 0.2%, 268,300) sub-components both contributing to the gain. All other industry supersectors showing growth in June had gains under a thousand each including: Financial Activities (800, 0.6%, 133,100), Information (600, 1.9%, 31,900 jobs), Other Services (600, 0.9%, 68,200 positions), Manufacturing (200, 0.1%, 156,000 positions), and Professional and Business Services (100, 0.05%, 216,900 jobs). The Other Services (3,500, 5.4% OTY) supersector now leads in percentage job growth since June 2016.

The Construction and Mining (-800,-1.3%, 61,000) industry supersector was the largest of the two declining industries last month but is still adding jobs since June 2016 (1,500, 2.5%). The Government supersector (-100, -0.04%) was slightly lower as well.

Connecticut has now recovered 84.0% (100,000, about 1,136 jobs per month) of the 119,100 seasonally adjusted jobs lost in the Great Recession (3/08-2/10). The job recovery is into its 88th month and the state needs an additional 19,100 jobs to reach an overall nonfarm employment expansion. However, the state's Private Sector has entered the expansion phase, regaining 102.0% (113,900 or about 1,294 per month) of the 111,700 Private Sector jobs lost in that same employment downturn. The Government supersector has lost a total of 21,300 positions since the recession began in March 2008. This includes an additional 13,900 jobs lost since the state's nonfarm employment recovery began in February 2010 – slowing the overall Connecticut recovery.

Labor Market Information - Connecticut, Employment Sectors & United States Nonfarm Employment
Year to Year Month to Month Previous Three Months
Jun 2017 Jun 2016 Change Rate % Jun 2017 May 2017 Change Rate % Apr 2017 Mar 2017 Feb 2017
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data State of Connecticut Employment
go to Connecticut nonfarm employment data table Connecticut Nonfarm Employment 1,694,200 1,678,800 15,400 0.9% 1,694,200 1,687,200 7,000 0.4% 1,681,600 1,684,700 1,684,100
go to Private Sector sector data table Private Sector 1,460,400 1,440,700 19,700 1.4% 1,460,400 1,453,300 7,100 0.5% 1,448,400 1,451,000 1,450,500
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Goods Producing Industries
go to Construction sector data table Construction 60,400 58,900 1,500 2.5% 60,400 61,200 -800 -1.3% 61,700 59,100 59,300
go to Manufacturing sector data table Manufacturing 156,000 156,100 -100 -0.1% 156,000 155,800 200 0.1% 156,700 156,600 155,700
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Service Providing Industries
go to Transportation and Public Utilities sector data table Transportation and Public Utilities 297,800 297,300 500 0.2% 297,800 297,800 0 0.0% 296,800 299,300 300,600
go to Information sector data table Information 31,900 32,400 -500 -1.5% 31,900 31,300 600 1.9% 31,500 31,500 31,200
go to Financial Activities sector data table Financial Activities 133,100 129,800 3,300 2.5% 133,100 132,300 800 0.6% 131,800 131,200 131,100
go to Professional and Business Services sector data table Professional and Business Services 216,900 218,200 -1,300 -0.6% 216,900 216,800 100 0.0% 215,500 218,700 218,600
go to Educational and Health Services sector data table Educational and Health Services 334,400 328,800 5,600 1.7% 334,400 333,200 1,200 0.4% 330,200 330,800 331,800
go to Leisure and Hospitality sector data table Leisure and Hospitality 161,100 153,900 7,200 4.7% 161,100 156,700 4,400 2.8% 156,400 156,000 155,600
go to Other Services sector data table Other Services 68,200 64,700 3,500 5.4% 68,200 67,600 600 0.9% 67,200 67,200 66,000
go to Government sector data table Government 233,800 238,100 -4,300 -1.8% 233,800 233,900 -100 -0.0% 233,200 233,700 233,600
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data United States Employment
go to United States nonfarm employment data table United States Nonfarm Employment 146,404,000 144,166,000 2,238,000 1.6% 146,404,000 146,182,000 222,000 0.2% 145,997,000 145,823,000 145,773,000

Labor Market Areas (LMAs): Of the six LMAs that are seasonally adjusted by BLS, five of the Connecticut's regional Labor Market Areas (LMAs) were higher in nonfarm employment, and one was lower in June 2017. These six LMAs make up over 91% of Connecticut's nonagricultural employment. The New Haven LMA (1,600, 0.6%, 285,800 positions) led all LMAs in job growth last month in both numerical and percentage terms and is now the fastest growing LMA in the state over the year in percentage terms (4,000, 1.4% OTY). The Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford LMA (1,200, 0.2%, 575,600) also produced a thousand-plus gain and still leads in job growth magnitude over the last 12 months (5,800, 1.0% OTY). The Norwich-New London-Westerly LMA (600, 0.5%, 129,400), the Danbury LMA (400, 0.5%, 79,500), and the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk LMA (300, 0.1%, 412,700 jobs) all added jobs as well. The Waterbury LMA (-600, -0.9%, 66,400) was lower in job counts last month and is now the only BLS recognized Connecticut labor market area (LMA) to lose jobs over the year (-1,100, -1.6% OTY).
Note: Six major Connecticut LMAs are estimated independently from the statewide data by the BLS and cover more than 90% of the nonfarm employment in the state. Thus, estimates will not fully sum to the statewide total.

Hours and Earnings: The Private Sector, workweek, not seasonally adjusted, averaged 33.6 hours in June 2017, unchanged from the same month a year ago. Average hourly earnings at $30.67, not seasonally adjusted, were up $0.63 (2.1%) from the June 2016 estimate ($30.04). The resultant average Private Sector weekly pay amounted to $1,030.51, up $21.17 from a year ago (2.1%).

   AVG WEEKLY EARNINGS    AVG WEEKLY HOURS   AVG HOURLY EARNINGS
Jun CHG May           Jun CHG May               Jun CHG May
(Not seasonally adjusted) 2017 2016 Y/Y 2017 2017 2016 Y/Y 2017 2017 2016 Y/Y 2017
PRODUCTION WORKER                      
MANUFACTURING $1,029.42 $1,176.14 -$146.72 $1,022.43 42.0 42.8 -0.8 41.8 $24.51 $27.48 -$2.97 $24.46
 DURABLE GOODS 1,042.70 1,231.95 -189.26 1,043.96 42.3 43.0 -0.7 42.3 24.65 28.65 -4.00 24.68
 NON-DUR. GOODS 988.80 972.90 15.90 946.40 41.2 42.3 -1.1 40.0 24.00 23.00 1.00 23.66
CONSTRUCTION 1,162.69 1,149.15 13.54 1,134.59 39.9 39.1 0.8 39.3 29.14 29.39 -0.25 28.87
                   
ALL EMPLOYEES                        
STATEWIDE                  
TOTAL PRIVATE 1,030.51 1,009.34 21.17 1,042.61 33.6 33.6 0.0 33.6 30.67 30.04 0.63 31.03
GOODS PRODUCING 1,210.10 1,282.96 -72.86 1,211.34 39.2 40.6 -1.4 39.0 30.87 31.60 -0.73 31.06
   Construction 1,204.32 1,202.38 1.94 1,184.26 39.0 39.5 -0.5 38.5 30.88 30.44 0.44 30.76
   Manufacturing 1,211.07 1,320.77 -109.70 1,222.92 39.5 41.3 -1.8 39.5 30.66 31.98 -1.32 30.96
SERVICE PROVIDING 998.54 961.96 36.58 1,011.25 32.6 32.4 0.2 32.6 30.63 29.69 0.94 31.02
   Trade, Transp., Utilities 847.18 867.55 -20.37 861.67 32.2 33.1 -0.9 32.2 26.31 26.21 0.10 26.76
   Financial Activities 1,690.96 1,627.95 63.01 1,738.73 36.8 37.1 -0.3 36.9 45.95 43.88 2.07 47.12
   Prof. & Business Serv. 1,258.07 1,230.24 27.83 1,264.14 35.7 35.2 0.5 35.7 35.24 34.95 0.29 35.41
   Education & Health Ser. 922.53 868.46 54.08 919.63 32.2 31.5 0.7 32.2 28.65 27.57 1.08 28.56
   Leisure & Hospitality 432.74 426.32 6.41 447.80 25.5 26.3 -0.8 25.4 16.97 16.21 0.76 17.63
   Other Services 801.04 686.28 114.76 811.38 32.3 30.1 2.2 32.3 24.80 22.80 2.00 25.12
LABOR MARKET AREAS: TOTAL PRIVATE              
   Bridgeport-Stamford 1,130.98 1,140.41 -9.44 1,152.74 33.6 33.8 -0.2 33.5 33.66 33.74 -0.08 34.41
   Danbury 964.13 930.89 33.23 990.53 33.2 33.9 -0.7 33.6 29.04 27.46 1.58 29.48
   Hartford 1,056.44 1,053.33 3.11 1,062.90 34.2 34.4 -0.2 34.1 30.89 30.62 0.27 31.17
   New Haven 988.52 928.11 60.42 997.56 32.4 32.9 -0.5 32.6 30.51 28.21 2.30 30.60
   Norwich-New London 802.31 791.38 10.93 818.18 31.5 32.5 -1.0 31.7 25.47 24.35 1.12 25.81
   Waterbury 811.58 814.76 -3.18 846.33 34.0 34.7 -0.7 34.7 23.87 23.48 0.39 24.39

The 12-month percent change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers Consumers (CPI-U, U.S. City Average, not seasonally adjusted) in June 2017 was 1.6%. Information for the manufacturing production workweek and earnings can be found in the table section of this release under the “Hours and Earnings” data category. Current all-employee private sector hours and earnings estimates can be volatile due to fluctuating sample responses.
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 Labor Force / Residents Employed / Residents Unemployed
Based on the Local Area Unemployment Statistics model (LAUS - a statistical model using the CPS – the Current Population Survey residential data), the number of Connecticut unemployed residents, seasonally adjusted, increased by 1,972 (2.1%) over the month to 97,078 in June. Over the year, the number of the state's jobless residents has decreased by 1,683 (-1.7%). The state's labor force increased 4,191 (0.2%) over the month, and continued to expand over the year (40,755, 2.2%), with increases seen every month this year. Both residential employment and unemployment have increased, which indicates that the state is seeing new and returning workers to the labor force and many, though not all are finding work.

June 2017 seasonally adjusted average weekly initial unemployment claims for first-time filers in Connecticut increased by 208 claimants (5.2%) to 4,182 from May 2017, and were lower by 712 claims (-14.5%) from the June 2016 level of 4,894.

Month  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Jan   1,919.9 1,742.8 177.1 1,904.7 1,748.2 156.5 1,863.5 1,713.3 150.2 1,871.4 1,739.1 132.2 1,898.9 1,783.4 115.5 1,890.3 1,786.5 103.9 1,892.2 1,807.2 85.0
Feb   1,919.4 1,742.9 176.5 1,902.1 1,746.0 156.1 1,861.5 1,712.9 148.6 1,874.0 1,743.6 130.4 1,898.7 1,785.1 113.6 1,891.2 1,787.6 103.5 1,901.4 1,812.0 89.4
Mar   1,918.0 1,742.7 175.3 1,899.2 1,742.5 156.7 1,860.9 1,713.6 147.4 1,876.5 1,748.0 128.5 1,897.4 1,786.2 111.3 1,891.7 1,788.8 102.9 1,911.7 1,819.9 91.7
Apr   1,915.9 1,742.3 173.6 1,895.7 1,737.9 157.8 1,861.9 1,715.5 146.4 1,878.9 1,752.2 126.7 1,895.2 1,786.4 108.8 1,892.2 1,790.2 102.0 1,922.5 1,828.9 93.6
May   1,913.7 1,742.0 171.6 1,892.0 1,732.8 159.2 1,863.8 1,718.2 145.6 1,881.1 1,756.3 124.8 1,892.4 1,786.1 106.3 1,892.5 1,791.8 100.6 1,929.1 1,834.0 95.1
Jun   1,911.8 1,742.3 169.4 1,888.1 1,727.9 160.2 1,865.7 1,720.9 144.7 1,883.4 1,760.3 123.2 1,889.5 1,785.3 104.2 1,892.5 1,793.8 98.8 1,933.3 1,836.2 97.1
Jul   1,910.5 1,743.3 167.2 1,884.3 1,723.8 160.6 1,866.8 1,723.2 143.6 1,886.0 1,764.1 121.9 1,887.2 1,784.5 102.8 1,892.1 1,795.9 96.2
Aug   1,909.8 1,744.9 164.9 1,880.8 1,720.8 160.0 1,867.2 1,725.1 142.1 1,888.8 1,767.8 121.0 1,885.9 1,783.7 102.2 1,891.3 1,798.2 93.1
Sep   1,909.3 1,746.5 162.8 1,877.4 1,718.8 158.6 1,867.0 1,726.8 140.2 1,891.6 1,771.4 120.2 1,885.6 1,783.3 102.3 1,890.1 1,800.2 89.9
Oct   1,908.7 1,747.9 160.8 1,874.0 1,717.3 156.6 1,867.0 1,728.9 138.1 1,894.4 1,775.0 119.4 1,886.3 1,783.4 102.9 1,888.8 1,801.9 86.9
Nov   1,907.7 1,748.7 159.0 1,870.3 1,715.9 154.4 1,867.6 1,731.5 136.1 1,896.6 1,778.3 118.4 1,887.7 1,784.2 103.5 1,887.5 1,803.2 84.3
Dec   1,906.2 1,748.6 157.6 1,866.7 1,714.5 152.2 1,869.1 1,735.0 134.1 1,898.2 1,781.1 117.1 1,889.2 1,785.3 103.9 1,886.2 1,804.1 82.1
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 State of Connecticut Unemployment Rate vs. United States Unemployment Rate
The June 2017 unemployment rate for Connecticut is estimated at 5.0% (seasonally adjusted), up one tenth from May 2017 and down two-tenths of a percentage point from a year ago when it was 5.2%. The U.S. jobless rate in June 2017 was 4.4%, up 0.1% point from 4.3% in May.
Month 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons
Jan  7.0 7.8 0.8 9.0 9.8 0.8 9.2 9.1 -0.1 8.2 8.3 0.1 8.1 8.0 -0.1 7.1 6.6 -0.5 6.1 5.7 -0.4 5.5 4.9 -0.6 4.5 4.8 0.3
Feb  7.2 8.3 1.1 9.0 9.8 0.8 9.2 9.0 -0.2 8.2 8.3 0.1 8.0 7.7 -0.3 7.0 6.7 -0.3 6.0 5.5 -0.5 5.5 4.9 -0.6 4.7 4.7 0.0
Mar  7.5 8.7 1.2 9.1 9.9 0.8 9.1 9.0 -0.1 8.2 8.2 0.0 7.9 7.5 -0.4 6.9 6.7 -0.2 5.9 5.4 -0.5 5.4 5.0 -0.4 4.8 4.5 -0.3
Apr  7.7 9.0 1.3 9.1 9.9 0.8 9.1 9.1 0.0 8.3 8.2 -0.1 7.9 7.6 -0.3 6.7 6.2 -0.5 5.7 5.4 -0.3 5.4 5.0 -0.4 4.9 4.4 -0.5
May  7.9 9.4 1.5 9.1 9.6 0.5 9.0 9.0 0.0 8.4 8.2 -0.2 7.8 7.5 -0.3 6.6 6.3 -0.3 5.6 5.5 -0.1 5.3 4.7 -0.6 4.9 4.3 -0.6
Jun  8.1 9.5 1.4 9.1 9.4 0.3 8.9 9.1 0.2 8.5 8.2 -0.3 7.8 7.5 -0.3 6.5 6.1 -0.4 5.5 5.3 -0.2 5.2 4.9 -0.3 5.0 4.4 -0.6
Jul  8.2 9.5 1.3 9.1 9.4 0.3 8.7 9.0 0.3 8.5 8.2 -0.3 7.7 7.3 -0.4 6.5 6.2 -0.3 5.4 5.2 -0.2 5.1 4.9 -0.2
Aug  8.4 9.6 1.2 9.1 9.5 0.4 8.6 9.0 0.4 8.5 8.1 -0.4 7.6 7.3 -0.3 6.4 6.2 -0.2 5.4 5.1 -0.3 4.9 4.9 0.0
Sep  8.5 9.8 1.3 9.1 9.5 0.4 8.5 9.0 0.5 8.4 7.8 -0.6 7.5 7.2 -0.3 6.4 5.9 -0.5 5.4 5.0 -0.4 4.8 4.9 0.1
Oct  8.6 10.0 1.4 9.2 9.4 0.2 8.4 8.8 0.4 8.4 7.8 -0.6 7.4 7.2 -0.2 6.3 5.7 -0.6 5.5 5.0 -0.5 4.6 4.8 0.2
Nov  8.8 9.9 1.1 9.2 9.8 0.6 8.3 8.6 0.3 8.3 7.7 -0.6 7.3 6.9 -0.4 6.2 5.8 -0.4 5.5 5.0 -0.5 4.5 4.6 0.1
Dec  8.9 9.9 1.0 9.2 9.3 0.1 8.3 8.5 0.2 8.2 7.9 -0.3 7.2 6.7 -0.5 6.2 5.6 -0.6 5.5 5.0 -0.5 4.4 4.7 0.3

The nonfarm employment estimate, derived from a survey of businesses, is a measure of jobs in the state; the unemployment rate and labor force estimates are based on a household survey, and measure the work status of people who live in Connecticut. Overall, as the national and state economies recover, volatility in monthly numbers can be expected.Job and employment estimates are best understood in the context of their movement over several months rather than observed changes in a single month's value.

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